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Objectives: The objectives of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering are:

  • To prepare engineers who understand the performance of engineered products and systems in terms of the relevant fundamental principles of math, science and the humanities, whether they are practicing engineers or students in graduate engineering programs.
  • To prepare engineers who excel in the professional practice of mechanical engineering. Professional practice includes the ability to identify, design, and implement solutions to technical problems through a multiplicity of laboratory, analytical and communication methods within a business climate.
  • To prepare engineers who are aware of how their roles as technical professionals and leaders affect the wider human community, who serve not only as employees or employers but as socially-conscious citizens, and who are motivated by moral principles in their professional and personal lives.

The Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering curriculum prepares graduates to solve problems related to:

  • design and manufacture of products
  • reliability of components and systems
  • conversion of energy from one form to another
  • utilization of energy in efficient and productive ways
  • instrumentation and control of physical processes

Mechanical Engineering Profession: Mechanical engineers design systems that range from automobiles, to consumer products, air-conditioning, power generation, aircraft and production systems and are prepared to draw on technical knowledge and insight involving materials, mechanics, controls, structures and manufacturing processes.

A mechanical engineer deals with the physical reality of things such as engines, car bodies, electric generators, cranes, air conditioners, airplane wings and pumps. The mechanical engineer is faced with the challenges and uncertainties that come with complex products and systems, which often transcend multiple disciplines. In addition to using the classical and modern principles of engineering science, the mechanical engineer must be able to devise economically viable, environmentally friendly, and socially acceptable solutions to problems. The analytical problem solving skills combined with sound technical fundamentals of the mechanical engineering degree can form the basis for successful careers other than in engineering including business, law and medicine.

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Program:
The Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering curriculum provides students with an in-depth knowledge of engineering science and design methodology. These insights are reinforced by intensive laboratory experiences in virtually every area of study and three industrial co-op assignments. Students also have team-oriented design experiences integrated throughout their curriculum. A capstone design project, conducted in the senior year, challenges students with a project that involves solving a real product or process related problem that draws on knowledge of engineering science and design. This project is often industrially sponsored.

Combined Bachelor/Master Program:
Mechanical Engineering students who have achieved a high grade point average entering their senior year of study can apply for and achieve both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five years. This is an exceptional opportunity for outstanding students to begin their professional careers with a great academic advantage. Students may apply for the 5-year Bachelor's/Master's program in their senior year if they have a GPA of at least 3.25 , are in good standing with UDM, and are within two to three terms of graduating. If accepted into the 5-year Bachelor's/Master's program, students can receive up to nine transfer credits to their Master's program from their Bachelor's program.

In addition to the Engineering core outlined previously, the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering program includes the following :
ENGR 1070 Introduction to CAD and Design 2 13
ENGR 3120 Statics 3 3
ENGR 3130 Dynamics 3 30
ENGR 3140 Fluid Mechanics 3 3
ENGR 3150 Thermodynamics I 3 3
ENGR 3170 Science of Materials 3 3
ENGR 3190 Fluid Mechanics Lab 1 03
ENGR 3200 Principles of Electrical Engineering 3 3
ENGR 3210 Princples of EE Laboratory 1 3
ENGR 3260 Mech. of Materials 3 30
ENGR 3270 Mech. of Materials (Lab) 1 03
ENGR 3400 Heat Transfer 3 30
ENGR 3410 Heat Transfer Lab 1 03
MENG 3610 Mechanical Measurements Lab 2 13
MENG 3800 Thermodynamics II 3 30
MENG 3820 Manufac. Processes 3 30
MENG 3830 Manufac. Proc. Lab 1 03
MENG 3900 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials 3 30
MENG 3920 Machine Design 3 30
MENG 4920 Comp. Aided Engineering 3 30
MENG 4930 Senior Capstone Design: Prototype Design I 2 12
MENG 4950 Senior Capstone Design: Prototype Design II 3 15
Total: 39 Credits

Technical Electives - flexibility and focus

The mechanical engineering program is supplemented by a minimum of nine credit hours of technical electives. Technical electives are upper division (300 or 400 level) courses in engineering, mathematics or science. An integrated concentration of courses is recommended to strengthen the background of students in their area of specialization.

Engineering Mechanics:
MENG 4400 Advanced Mechanics of Materials 3 3
ENGR 4420 Intro to Finite Element Analysis 3 3
ENGR 4440 Vibrations 3 3
ENGR 4480 Advanced Fluid Mechanics 3 3
MENG 4940 Modeling Dynamic Systems 3 3

Manufacturing Processes and Systems:
ENGR 3220 Control Systems 3 3
ENGR 4240 Engineering Economics 3 3
MENG 4300 Metal Cutting Analysis 3 3
MENG 4320 Metal Forming Analysis 3 3
MENG 4350 Quality Control Systems 3 3
MENG 4780 Manufacturing Productivity 3 3
MENG 4820 Computer Integrated Manufacturing 3 3
MENG 4880 Reliability in Design 3 3
MENG 4900 Robotics 3 3
MFEN 3310 Manufacturing Systems 3 3
MFEN 3330 Principles of Lean Manufacturing 3 3
MFEN 3350 Quality Systems 3 3
MFEN 4340 Joining and Assembly 3 3

ENGR 4220 Control Systems 3 3
ENGR 4520 Sensors and Actuators 3 3
ELEE 4680 Computer Networks 3 3
ELEE 4780 Embedded Systems 3 3
ENGR 4780 Mechatronics 3 3
ENGR 4790 Mechatronic System Modeling and Simulation 3 3
MENG 4900 Robotics 3 3
MENG 4940 Modeling Dynamic Systems 3 3

Transportation Systems
MENG 4580 Internal Combustion Engines I 3 3
MENG 4720 Noise and Vibration 3 3
MENG 4760 Vehicle Dynamics 3 3
MENG 4810 Alternative Energy Systems 3 3
MENG 4980 Internal Combustion Engines II 3 3

Other technical electives in electrical engineering, computer sciences, mathematics, business, and entrepreneurship are permissible with the Department's approval.

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